HELENA — Three Lincoln men were arrested Friday morning for allegedly attempting to kidnap a 43-year-old Lincoln woman while she was running the half-marathon in Lincoln’s Dynamite Dash.
Currently in custody are Cecil Hale, 35; Robert R. Wilson, 32; and Stanley E. Wright, 49, who likely will be charged with attempted kidnapping, according to Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton.
Lewis and Clark County dispatch received a call at 9:21 a.m. that a runner at a checkpoint on the half-marathon race course reported someone in a green van had attempted to abduct her, Dutton said. Two Lincoln residents immediately began searching for the van and alerted a deputy in Lincoln. The residents initially located the van at the corner of Sucker Creek and Dean Ranch roads, recognized two male occupants in the vehicle and knew where they lived. The van fled.
Sheriff's Deputy Brent Colbert arrived at the suspects’ residence in the 600 block of Second Street in Lincoln, where he was joined by other deputies and Montana Highway Patrol officers. They initially arrested Wilson and Wright and later located Hale hiding behind a shed, Dutton said. They impounded the van.
Dutton said alcohol is a factor.
Dutton did not release the name of the alleged victim on Friday afternoon.
“It spooked her," Dutton said. "She did comment it was probably the best time she’d ever run.”
According to the initial report, Wilson was the driver of the van, and Hale reportedly attempted to grab the runner. She eluded pursuit by going off-road.
The incident allegedly occurred on Sucker Creek Road about two miles from the finish line, Dutton said.